B.C. Hydro crews working on a pole replacement. The hydro utility company plans to replace more than 44 poles in Greater Victoria this spring.

B.C. Hydro crews working on a pole replacement. The hydro utility company plans to replace more than 44 poles in Greater Victoria this spring.

Out with the pole and in with the new

B.C. Hydro to begin annual pole replacements this spring

  • Mar. 21, 2017 7:00 p.m.

B.C. Hydro crews will hit the streets again this year to replace 405 aging power poles in the Greater Victoria region.

The work is part of B.C. Hydro’s ongoing maintenance program that will see the replacement of more than 10,000 woodendistribution poles over the next few months across the province.

Power poles are replaced every 40 to 50 years. Weather, insects and wildlife all contribute to the deterioration of the polesover time.

B.C. Hydro maintains and operates a vast and complex electrical system in B.C., which includes 900,000 wooden poles thathold more than 58,000 kilometres of overhead distribution lines and 278,000 overhead transformers.

To ensure the safety of crews and the public, B.C. Hydro may need to disconnect power when replacing power poles. Crewswill notify customers in-person, by mail or phone about scheduled outages for maintenance.